Miss Colombia Paulina Vega has been crowned Miss Universe ahead of first runner-up Miss USA Nia Sanchez and Miss Ukraine Diana Harkusha.
The 22-year-old beauty queen and business administration student, beat contestants representing 87 countries around the world for the top prize at the event held at the Florida International University on Sunday (January 25) in Miami, Florida, USA..
Miss Vega said on Sunday that the Miss Universe pageant and the heat contests leading up to the main event were the first she had ever participated in. She went further to also said that this would be her last in favour of her studies in Colombia after her reign.
‘It will be a dream come true to represent the woman of today,’ Vega had said during the heats.
‘A woman that not only cares about being beautiful and being glamorous, but also cares about being a professional, intelligent, hard-working person.’
The top 5 shortlist included Miss Jamaica Kaci Fennell and Miss Netherlands Yasmin Verheijen .
Miss Australia, Tegan Martin, also made the top ten but was not part of the final 5.
Miss Colombia was crowned by the outgoing Miss Universe, Gabriela Isler of Venezuela.